Tampa Area Becoming Hotbed for RV Retailers

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December 31, 2013 by   1 Comment

While Indiana has long been king of the recreational vehicle manufacturing market, Florida continues to rank high among the nation’s leaders when it comes to sales.

According to the Tampa Times, the state is second to California in number of dealerships, and sites along Interstate 4 in the Seffner-Dover region are proving to be lucrative grounds for retailing. New York-based RV One Superstores is the newest dealership to join the local competition with the Jan. 2 opening of Tampa RV.

RV One Superstores purchased Bates RV and changed the name of the store that was founded in 1986 by Frank and Dorothy Bates. Tampa RV will compete with the likes of Lazydays RV, Camping World and General RV all in the Seffner-Dover area.

“This is another new opportunity for RV One Superstores to show who we are in a new market and I couldn’t be more excited about the challenges of opening the store,” said Matt Strollo, manager of the company’s Orlando store, in a release.

Lazydays, founded in 1976, added a Better RVing Store in March, in Seffner. Camping World expanded in August, opening a new RV sales and RV accessories store while General RV Center, nationally recognized as the nation’s largest family owned RV dealer, in September announced its plans to open a second Florida location in Tampa.

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One Response to “Tampa Area Becoming Hotbed for RV Retailers”

  1. Mark Baiss on December 31st, 2013 2:25 pm

    I know we are not very big compared to the dealerships referenced in your article, but we are an RV dealer right here in the center of the big corporate dealers and just wanted to let you know about us. We are BaissLine RV. Owned by Mark and Joyce Baiss. established January 1st 2012. We like to think of ourselves as the small family owned and operated non-corporate, non-combative, customer friendly RV dealership helping customers discover and enjoy the RV Life Style. You are correct. This is a great location to shop for an RV.